South West England 2013 Overview
Your Inner Quest for the Grail
Sacred Sites and Crop Circles of Southwest England
July 13 to 24, 2013 – 12 Days/11 Nights – Small Group
Tour offered in cooperation with Ancient Sacred Sites Tours
- A Sacred Ritual at the centre of Stonehenge conducted by Caitlin Matthews
- Workshop with Caitlin Matthews
- Exploring Glastonbury with Ronald Hutton
- Being inside a Crop Circle
- Standing on top of Glastonbury Tor overlooking the Mists of Avalon
- Dowsing in Avebury with Peter Knight
- Experiencing the legendary English countryside
See video clip below
We will take you on a journey of transformation starting at the base in Cornwall where you will feel the untamed remote spirit of a region with its many Neolithic Stone Circles. Then we travel to the birthplace of King Arthur where we discover that legend and truth are entwined. During the journey, we will open to the special sacred places of this land. Discover Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall like never before. These areas are rich in spirituality, legend and history. South West England was home to King Arthur, Joseph of Arimathea and the Druids, who used the Stone Circles for sacred ceremonies and rituals.
Our twelve day “Immrama” (the Celtic word for Spiritual Journey) embraces the compelling history of South West England and connects us to this powerful, sacred land. Throughout our journey, we will visit sacred sites at Stonehenge, Glastonbury Tor and many of the hidden Stone Circles in Devon and Cornwall, inaccessible to most tourists. You will experience relaxing meditations, Druid rituals and receive specialised knowledge only available through small group interaction.
The tour stays in four locations: Redruth, Boscastle, Glastolnbury and Salisbury.
We will be accommodated small hotels, noted for their character and history, with full English breakfasts (vegetarians will not miss out!) and the welcoming nature of the friendly locals. Constant packing and unpacking is minimal as we spend three nights in Redruth, two nights in Boscastle, three nights in Wells, and three nights in Salisbury This means plenty of time for powerful energies and relaxing meditation. Most meals are included but there will still be opportunities to visit local places of your choice. The tour includes a free day at Glastonbury, or Wells, to explore rest or shop in these remarkable towns.
The open, spacious land of South West England is ideal for the sacred ceremonial sites of Stonehenge and Avebury. The Druids in ancient times used the natural open-aired amphitheatres of the land for their temples, allowing them direct access to the heavens. Our Druid ritual in the centre of Stonehenge will encompass this very element as we literally look to the skies!
South West England is renowned for its timeworn history, tradition, legend, secrets, myth and mystery, but none is perhaps more spectacular than the Crop Circles. Appearing overnight, intricate designs cover entire fields, often in conjunction with UFO sightings and other unexplained happenings. While in Avebury experiencing the Crop Circle phenomena you will be able meditate and dowse in these wonderful creations.
Also included in each tour is a specialised book detailing each area we visit. The book is background information designed to enhance your memory of the unique and powerful elements of each place we visit, and furthermore, make your own notes of special interest to yourself.
An “Immrama” through South West England is both inspirational and rewarding. We invite you to our spiritual and physical journey through this breath-taking landscape, full of passion, hidden secrets, history and adventure.
“Amazing tour, great company, great food, great accommodation, amazing sites. But that isn’t even the best bit; The profound experiences you come away with can’t be measured. I have learnt so much about myself, which is what I have been wanting.”
– Lara, Perth, Australia
Caitlin Matthews is a respected teacher of the ancestral British and Irish traditions, combining scholarship with practical applications of ancient lore. She is the author of many books including The Celtic Tradition, the Arthurian Tarot and The Encyclopaedia of Celtic Myth and Legend, which depicts the sacred land of Britain.
She is co-founder of FIOS, the Foundation for Inspirational and Oracular Studies dedicated to the sacred oracular arts: FIOS also runs a shamanic training programme, hallowquest.org.uk.
We will be enjoying the company of Caitlin on the 21st July The group will have the opportunity to participate in a three-hour workshop. Blessings of the Ancestors: In the early morning, Caitlin will conduct a very special ceremony at the centre of Stonehenge.
Ronald Hutton is Professor of History at Bristol University, and the author of nine books, including “The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles”, “The Stations of the Sun: a history of the ritual year in Britain” and “The Triumph of the Moon: a history of modern pagan witchcraft”.
He is a member of three different Druid orders, and a Grove Chief in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, and is currently writing a book on the history of Druidry.
Ronald will spend the day with us in Glastonbury. We will relive the history, spirituality, myths and legends such as King Arthur and the Mist of Avalon which is the name given to the area around Glastonbury Tor.
Peter Knight is well-known for his lively and enthusiastic workshops, convention lectures and field trips about topics relating to our ancient heritage.
Over the last 13 years, he has written several books, including his latest The Wessex Astrum in 2008 with Toni Perriot. The book tells of a hexagram landscape involving Glastonbury, Stonehenge, and Avebury, which is known as the Wessex Astrum. Within this hexagram, discoveries were made of Knights Templar sites. Earth energies were dowsed and over 500 miles of alignments were followed in discovering the hexagram.
He is the co-founder of the Dorset Earth Mysteries Group. Peter is an Honorary Member of the Antiquarian Society and the Wessex Dowers. He follows the Goddess inspired spirituality yet honours and respects the wisdom of other spiritualities and religions.
We will be spending one day with Peter around the sacred and magical landscape of Avebury, we will be looking at the symbolism of the stones, astronomy, understanding the spirituality of our ancestors and look at where the Shamans of old used to contact their ancestors. In addition, Peter will be explaining and showing the St Michael and Mary ley lines. Each one of you will have your own dowsing rods to use while on the tour, so that you can feel and experience the energy flows.
As the sacred landscape of Avebury is situated where it is the most active for crop circles in the world, we will be visiting the 2013 circles, that literally appear overnight. To experience them first hand is truly amazing. These circles are phenomena that cannot be explained. You have to visit and experience them to understand them; the energies can be very different for each person. We will visit Silent Café, which is Crop Circle headquarters. We’ll experience the excitement of finding them, and you will have an opportunity to meditate and dowse within these powerful circles.
Take a look at our South West England YouTube video…